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Algis Budrys, 1931-2008 - The Elephant Forgets
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Algis Budrys, 1931-2008
Algis Budrys has died. He was one of my very favorite writers, and I
think quite underrated, largely because he wasn't very prolific. He
was also of course a first rate critic (mostly at Galaxy and F&SF),
and an important editor (an assistant to, I think (?) H. L. Gold in
the '50s, later he edited and published tomorrow SF in the '90s, and
also he edited many Writers of the Future volumes.

I met him once, not enough to say I knew him, at either Archon or
Conquest several years ago. Seemed a very nice man. Even then his ill
health was evident.

I've long been a great admirer of his novel ROGUE MOON (1960), which
is one of the best SF novels not to win a Hugo -- it had the
misfortune to appear the same year as A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ. I also
particularly like HARD LANDING (1992), an underappreciated novel of
aliens crashlanding on Earth. MICHAELMAS, WHO?, and THE AMSIRS AND THE
IRON THORN are also very fine work.

And he wrote a number of excellent stories: "For Love", "Wall of
Crystal, Eye of Night", "The Master of the Hounds", "The War is Over",
"The End of Summer", "The Edge of the Sea", "Nobody Bothers Gus", "The
Nuptial Flight of Warbirds", "Be Merry", etc.

A sad loss (if one that was expected).
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morbidloren From: morbidloren Date: June 10th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
This is very sad news. AJ was one of my teachers at Clarion too many years ago, an extremely supportive and encouraging man who made me believe I'd be a published writer some day. I doubt he would have remembered shy little me, but he was a huge influence on my life and work.
tchernabyelo From: tchernabyelo Date: June 10th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember "Who?" from my early days reading SF, it made a huge impression (as did the movie, which I saw but once, and which managed to keep the tension - both on whether the MC was an impostor or not, and whether he would be accepted or not - going right to the end).

From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Young Budrys's editorial career.

If I have it right, he worked for Martin Greenberg (not MH Greenberg) at Gnome Press first, and moved onto Galaxy Novels and assorted other duties after that. He has a fine memoir of that in the GALAXY 30th anniversary volume.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Burdys's edtiorial career

That was me, Todd Mason, btw.
From: ecbatan Date: June 13th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Burdys's edtiorial career

Thanks, Todd. I should reread the Galaxy book -- I've got it somewhere but I haven't read it in decades probably.
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